Learn how to build the kind of CLIMAX that makes people want to hear your music again and again and again.


Escape the 8-Bar Loop

Turn your ideas into actual tracks that you can play out.

Every great track needs a huge climax that makes people want to play it again and again. 

Want to know how to build it? 




This is a process for making electronic music based on how we used to do it with MIDI hardware — live, fluid and fun.

We used the trinity of MIDI hardware — sampler, sequencer and synthesizers — with drum machines and a mixing board to put it all together. And no visual timeline to watch on screen.

The technique is to gradually develop the song form by layering up sounds that build to a peak.

That’s how techno producers originally did it using drum machines, synths & a mixing board, when every mix was a live mix and there was minimal automation.


It’s pretty intuitive and with some practice you would naturally figure it out, if you had the gear.

But guess what? You don’t actually need the hardware drum machines.

We can still make tracks this way in Ableton, using Session View and a few workflow hacks.



By the way, this technique is very similar to how original dub producers made reggae records that felt like they went on forever, pulling tape loops in and out of the mix with reverb and echo chamber FX to keep it interesting.

The song was the song, but they didn’t show it to you all at once. They played hide & seek with the sounds and made you wait for it.



If you really want to get into it, the technique of improvising your music based on something looping in your mind is also how you play jazz. Realize the composition.

You have the changes, you know the melody, you have a loop with an A section and a B section, and you build it up to a peak with the other players, live on stage.

You might play the same song every night, but it comes out differently every time, and it never gets boring.

Trade solos, tweak knobs. That’s what we’re doing here.

Great electronic music requires the same amount of imagination and improvisation we hear in jazz, dub reggae and techno. It’s not meant to be purely an intellectual studio-mouse-click exercise.

This is living, breathing music that we make by hand. The only difference is, instead of using acoustic instruments or drum machines, we’re doing it in Ableton with layers of beats, basslines & synths.


Still with me? Good. I wanted to talk about what happens when you actually try to do this whole thing, but video is the best way to say it.

So here I am, nice to meet you. -Steve Knots

Most people are still teaching composition in Session View, and NOBODY ELSE is making hands-on session lessons where you learn by doing it inside Ableton.

That’s why this course is so revolutionary. And it works.

Escape the 8-Bar Loop is a totally different kind of composition course that teaches you how to build your song structure in Session View, not by laying out blocks in the timeline.

It’s not for raw beginners. This is for intermediate Ableton users who have tons of unfinished tracks and need help with with song structure, arrangement & composition.


Escape the 8-Bar Loop teaches you how to construct tracks in Session View.

This revolutionary workflow will show you how to make complete tracks that build up to a huge climax and stay interesting all the way to the end, without doing any cut & paste edits in the timeline.

You’ll learn to compose by feel, in the flow, in session view, without stopping.

Got it?

This is a totally different way of making music than visually laying out blocks in the timeline of a DAW, or copying a template. It’s much more intuitive and much more fun, it’s about the FEEL and the SOUND, not how it looks on the screen.

But when it comes to actually doing this in Ableton, it can get a bit confusing.

That’s why I made a series of hands-on session lessons that show you how to do it.

This is the most fun you can have with Ableton (if you ask me), and nobody else is teaching it this way.

Click in and find out how to build the Peaks, Drops & Transitions that change your loops into complete tracks.


Grab this little song form guide


5 Steps to escape the loop

This gives you a simple process to finishing your tracks one step at a time.

It's great for beginners, but it will also keep working as your sessions get more and more complex.

I still use this in my own tracks, after almost 20 years of making beats!

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